Dr Oliver Robinson PGCertHE, MSc, MA, PhD

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Psychology

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Oliver Robinson

Dr Oliver Robinson
PGCertHE, MSc, MA, PhD

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Dr Oliver Robinson is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Oliver is programme lead for BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling, and a Year 3 course coordinator for Adult Development and Mental Health.

His research focuses on how identity, wellbeing and mental health are affected by major life transitions, crises and ageing processes during adulthood. His research has gained interest from the media, including the New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4, The Telegraph and The Times.

Responsibilities within the university

    • Academic Portfolio Lead for Psychology
    • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Human Sciences
    • Programme Leader for BSc Psychology and BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programmes
    • Module Leader for Adult Development and Mental Health, on Year 3 BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programme


  • University of Greenwich: Early Career Research Award, 2010
  • University of Greenwich: Research Communicator of the Year Award, 2012
  • Student Led Teaching Awards 2016 – Supervisor of the Year (Shortlisted)


    • President of European Society for Research in Adult Development
    • External examiner at University of Agder, Norway
    • External reviewer at Liverpool John Moores University
    • Editorial Board: Adult Development Bulletin
    • Editorial Board: Emerging Adulthood

Research / Scholarly interests

Oliver's research specialism is in psychosocial adult development, particularly the relation between life transitions, crises and changes in personality and mental health. Areas of interest within these overlapping areas include:

The nature and experience of major life transitions such as the transition out of university or the transition into retirement, and effects of these on personality and wellbeing.

The antecedents, contents and outcomes of quarter-life crisis, midlife crisis and later life crisis.

The causes and extent of wellbeing, flourishing and authenticity in different adult age groups and cultures.

The developmental challenges of the first decade of adult life, often referred to as emerging adulthood.

The role of curiosity in adulthood as a driver for continued development.

Oliver also specialises in qualitative methods and mixed-methods designs, and has published a range of practical and theoretical articles in this area.

Key funded projects

    2017-2018 Robinson, O.C., Stevenson, M., Wragg, J. & Field, J. Conducting and evaluating an intervention to support resilience in students within the Faculty of Education and Health (£9606)

    2015 - 2016: Robinson, O.C. The changing pleasures of the new: Curiosity across the lifespan. Springer Nature (£7000) (Principal Applicant)

    2015-2016: Robinson, O.C. Towards piloting a resilience intervention for students in Higher Education. Seedling Fund, University of Greenwich (£1700)

    2014-2017Robinson, O.C. & McNay, I. Towards a resilience intervention for students in Higher Education. University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship. £41,589.

    2013 - 2016: Robinson, O.C. & Asadi, S. The transition to adulthood in the UK and Iran: A cross-cultural comparison of aspirations, maturity ideals and perceptions of adulthood amongst 18-25 year olds. The British Academy. International Partnerships and Mobility Grant. (£10,315) (Principal Applicant)

    2013 - 2014: Robinson, O.C. Life After Greenwich: A longitudinal study of university leavers. Alumni Development Fund, University of Greenwich (£4,000)

    2012 - 2013: Robinson, O.C. & Stell, A. Later life crisis: A key to understanding long-term wellbeing in the over-60s. Funded by: University of Greenwich School of Health and Social Care Fund (£4,580) (Principal Applicant)

    2011 - 2012: Robinson, O.C. Quarter-life crisis and midlife crisis: prevalence, features and individual differences. Funded by: University of Greenwich School of Health and Social Care Fund (£8,000) (Principal Applicant)

    2010 - 2011: Robinson, O.C. Relational and dispositional authenticity: developmental antecedents, personality correlates and implications for wellbeing. University of Greenwich Strategic Research Fund (£8,000) (Principal Applicant)

    2008 - 2009: Robinson, O.C, Demetre, J.D. & Corney, R.H. Retirement: Dispositional and situational determinants of wellbeing. University of Greenwich Strategic Research Fund (£13,080) (Principal Applicant)

Recent publications


Agarwal, Shantenu , Guntuku, Sharath Chandra, Robinson, Oliver C., Dunn, Abigail , Ungar, Lyle H. (2020), Examining the phenomenon of quarter-life crisis through artificial intelligence and the language of Twitter, Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00341) Published.

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2020), A dialectical approach to understanding the relationship between science and spirituality: The MODI model, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal for the Study of Spirituality pp. 15-28 ISSN: 2044-0243 (Print), 2044-0251 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2020.1726045) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Asadi, Samaneh , Mohammadi Dehaj, Hamideh, Robinson, Oliver (2020), Personality change goals and plans as predictors of longitudinal trait change in young adults: a replication with an Iranian sample, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Research in Personality ISSN: 0092-6566 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103912) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2019), Using longitudinal designs and online micro-narrative data to further our understanding of biography and the life course, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Advances in Life Course Research ISSN: 1040-2608 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2019.04.009) Published.

Robinson, Oliver C. , Hanson, Karina, Hayward, Guy, Lorimer, David (2018), Age and cultural gender equality as moderators of the gender difference in the importance of religion and spirituality: Comparing the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion ISSN: 0021-8294 (Print), 1468-5906 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12567) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2018), A longitudinal mixed-methods case study of quarter-life crisis during the post-university transition: Locked-out and locked-in forms in combination, SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Emerging Adulthood pp. 167-179 ISSN: 2167-6968 (Print), 2167-6984 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818764144) Published.